Crisp Moroccan Appetizer Rolls
I love the distinctive flavors of Moroccan food. I’ve also experimented many times with spring roll wrappers, so I decided to combine the two ideas into a fun fried appetizer.—Sarah Vinch, Yigo, Guam
Total TimePrep: 45 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
- 1-3/4 cups water
- 1-3/4 cups uncooked couscous
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons apricot spreadable fruit
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 package (12 ounces) frozen vegetarian meat crumbles
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 42 spring roll wrappers
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, until water is absorbed, 4-6 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- Place carrots, raisins, dates and spreadable fruit in a food processor; pulse until fruit is coarsely chopped. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in vegetarian crumbles, carrot mixture and seasonings; heat through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in couscous.
- With one side of a spring roll wrapper facing you, place 3 tablespoons filling just below center of wrapper. (Cover remaining wrappers with a damp paper towel until ready to use.) Fold bottom side over filling; moisten remaining wrapper edges with water. Fold sides toward center over filling. Roll up tightly, pressing edge to seal.
- In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry rolls, a few at a time until golden brown, turning frequently, 3-4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve with honey for dipping.
Freeze option: Cover and freeze unfried rolls on waxed paper-lined baking sheets until firm. Transfer to freezer-safe container; return to freezer. To use, fry and serve rolls as recipe directs, increasing cooking time to 4-5 minutes.
Editor's NoteVegetarian meat crumbles are a nutritious protein source made from soy. Look for them in the natural foods freezer section.
Nutrition Facts1 roll: 149 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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